Product Profile: Gamma RZR Bubba

by: Richard Pagliaro | October 29, 2012

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MSRP: $219.99
Available: Released on September 7
Head Size: 137 sq. in.
Length: 29 in.
Weight*: 10.4 oz.
Balance*: 7 pts. HH
Beam Width: 22-24-22 mm
String Pattern: 18 x 21
NTRP: 2.5 to 3.5

*Values represent strung frames.

Facts: The Bubba is back, bringing maximum game-improvement benefits in a gigantic package. The largest legal frame in the game offers a humungous head size, a hubcap-sized sweet spot, immense power, and extended reach thanks to its 29-inch length, two inches longer than standard. The RZR’s advanced aerodynamics—including its tapered bridge beam and recessed grommets—enable the racquet to “channel and displace air allowing more acceleration and speed in the natural swing,” according to Gamma. The challenge designers faced was retaining the Bubba’s prodigious power potential while making the racquet easier to maneuver. The brand bills the racquet as “the most maneuverable Bubba to date due to the aerodynamic shape of the frame and attention to weighting and balance.”

Impressions: This behemoth of a racquet will appeal to players who relish super-sized sticks. It’s the tennis equivalent of wielding the power of a bulldozer in your hand. The Bubba amps up power potential for players with abbreviated swings, and its head size is so immense that you almost can’t miss the ball. The Bubba will best serve beginners, players possessing short and slow swings, those with limited mobility or reach, and senior club doubles players seeking a significant power boost. The sweet spot is so vast that making solid contact often feels as easy as catching an apple in a butterfly net.

The Bubba's 388 swingweight and head-heaviness can create challenges hoisting the racquet quickly for overheads, and if you haven’t played with a 29-inch frame before, you may initially find yourself scraping the bumper guard against the court when digging for low balls. But if you place a premium on power, huge head size, and expansive reach, it doesn’t get any bigger than Bubba.

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